Cheater Chicken Parmesan

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Our clan was busy busy visiting family, opening gifts, eating, (#priorities), etc. This truly is “the most wonderful time of the year” in my opinion!

Today, I have a simple and scrumptious recipe for you. And the best part is… it only requires 4 ingredients! You’re welcome.

The secret of this recipe is in the name, Cheater Chicken Parmesan. I cheated with this recipe by using frozen, breaded chicken tenders instead of breading and frying my own. This dinner comes together so quick by using prepared chicken. Don’t knock it until you try it (I did it for you and can already tell you its awesome!).

Husbands and kids alike will LOVE this dish! Try it out this week.

Have a Happy New Year!

Cheater Chicken Parmesan

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Frozen, breaded chicken strips (I used a few strips from the Kroger brand 25 oz. bag)
  • 1 jar Marinara sauce (I used Barilla brand)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 lb. spaghetti
  • Salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, etc. to taste

Directions

  1. Cook desired amount of chicken strips according to package directions.
  2. In a large pot, boil spaghetti according to package directions.
  3. In a small sauce pan, add your marinara and desired seasonings.
  4. When chicken is ready, top with a spoonful of marinara and sprinkle with mozzarella.
  5. Broil chicken strips for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve spaghetti topped with extra marinara and chicken strips.
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Tortellini & Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Happy Saturday guys!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. Our plans were sparse, so we are enjoying some free time before our week starts.

We have Vacation Bible School at our church this week, so that will make for busy nights without much cooking. Sometimes that’s a win, unless it calls for eating out a lot.

One way I try to even things out when I know a busy week is approaching is trying to cook as much as possible the days before and after that week.

Last night was no exception! I made this Tortellini & Broccoli Alfredo Bake on a whim and I was so so pleased with it. Super easy to pull together when you’re pressed for time and ingredients.

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This recipe would also be a good one if you do “Meatless Monday”. Or, you could easily add some chicken to bulk it up a bit. It was plenty filling for the 3 of us without any additions, though.

Enjoy the recipe!

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Tortellini & Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Ingredients

  • 19 oz. bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups raw broccoli
  • Large jar of Alfredo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese, divided*
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt to taste

*I used colby jack cheese because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use just about any kind of cheese you like. Mild cheddar or a mixture of parmesan and mozzerella would work too.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with 2 tsp of salt.
  3. Boil tortellini and broccoli for about 2 minutes, or until just a bit tender.
  4. Drain and set aside.
  5. Return pot to stove and set to medium heat. Add butter and whisk until melted.
  6. Add alfredo sauce, chicken broth, 1/2 cup cheese, and seasonings and whisk until well combined and cheese is melted.
  7. In a greased baking dish, add tortellini and broccoli. Pour alfredo sauce over and mix. I suggest adding an extra sprinkle of salt and black pepper at this point.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top.
  9. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

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Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

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Or at least never grocery shop the same 😉

I LOVE using Clicklist. You logon to the site, add your groceries to the online cart, and schedule a pick up time for the next day. When you pull in, they bring the groceries out and load up the car for you! SO awesome! If you have a toddler (or two), I’m sure you will do anything to avoid an hour long+ grocery trip.

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Moving on though… who doesn’t love a bowl of creamy pasta? (If you say you don’t, we can’t be friends #mustlovecarbs).

Better yet, how about a big bowl of alfredo pasta with chicken and broccoli – YUM!

Today I have a great recipe for Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo. The reason its so great is because of how flavorful and easy it is to make!

You start by chopping and roasting your broccoli and chicken in the oven.

While that’s going, you boil your pasta and heat your sauce on the stove.

In about 30 min, you have a delicious (and kind of healthy) meal that can be made any night of the week!

I prefer to use a store bought alfredo sauce, if its a weeknight, to save some time, but of course I add my own touches with shredded parmesan and seasonings. Feel free to make your own alfredo if you like! There’s plenty of recipes on Pinterest that sound great.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a great weekend! 🙂

 

Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts*
  • 2 cups raw broccoli florets (do not use frozen!)
  • 1 lb. pasta (I would suggest penne or linguine)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper

*I suggest using fresh chicken vs. frozen. Frozen chicken, even after its thawed, just won’t cook the same in the oven.

For the Alfredo sauce (if you don’t make your own):

  • 2 jars alfredo sauce (I use Bertolli brand)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tsp. black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut your chicken into about 1 inch cubes.
  3. Spread chicken and broccoli onto baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper. Toss gently to coat everything evenly, then spread into an even layer.
  4. Cook chicken and broccoli in oven for 15 minutes.
  5. While that’s cooking, boil the water and cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  6. If using jarred alfredo, in a medium sauce pan, heat your alfredo sauce on medium until bubbling. Whisk in the parmesan, chicken stock/broth and pepper until the cheese is melted and everything is mixed well. Leave on low heat until ready to combine.
  7. After everything is cooked and ready, combine pasta, alfredo sauce, chicken and broccoli in a large pot or bowl. Taste and add extra salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve as is or with a crusty bread (for dipping in the sauce of course!).